MACBO – Program

The Mastering Automobiles Custom Build Outs (MACBO) program is a course designed to give you as a mastered student the practical hands-on fabrication experience needed to build out an automobile to your desire and taste.

This program enables all the techniques learned in:

    • (MEI) Mobile Electronics Installation
    • (FAB) Custom Fabrication
    • (CIC) Custom Interior Construction

Main skills you obtain are the applications applied to your automobile. You will use and pull from your knowledge the techniques learned in our previous programs. Develop and implement your project car by bidding out estimates for material, product and labor costs. Gain a higher level of knowledge as well as of tools and materials used in actual automobiles.

As a student you will learn on your own vehicle how to design and implement your design, fabricate your interior with custom upholstery, custom designed sound systems or add the latest and greatest aftermarket electronics.

The (MACBO) program will prepare you to go to the next level of your working knowledge of the custom fabrication industry. As a student you’ll obtain a higher level of knowledge to work in various industries and companies such as trim, mobile electronics and custom fabrication industries. The skills you obtain in our Career packaged   program also allows you to look at careers in the marine electronics and fabrication as well as the recreational vehicle industry.

(MEI) Mobile Electronics Installation

In this course you have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience to become a mobile electronics specialist. This course will provide you with the training that is needed to gain employment at various companies such as:

  1. Best Buy
  2. Car Toys
  3. Ultimate Electronics
  4. Fry’s Electronics
  5. Mobile One Auto Sound
  6. Other Car Audio Retail Stores that are in your area.
  7. This program is your foundation for stepping up in the industry.

Intro to Electronics

(MECP)(MESA) (IE-101, IE-102, IE-103, IE-104)

This course prepares you for a successful completion of the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) Basic Installer Test. The MECP certificate/license is required for employment with major retailers across the nation. With this course your foundation is established by providing you with the knowledge to excel in future courses, as well as when you are attending the many of the 12 volt manufacturers seminars that are offered to retailers. This course includes detailed information about how electronics work.  We will be studying Ohms Law and Kirchoff’s Voltage Law along with other electrical laws, and how these laws apply to the mobile electronics industry. We will also be covering electrical, audio, and security components used in the industry, and their usages.  Other subjects covered will be electrical and acoustic measurements and their applications, basic troubleshooting and analysis, installation techniques, tool safety, and operations, shop safety and introduction to auto sound. There will be a three-hour MECP test given in addition to the normal practice test to finalize your grade for this week. The MECP study guide, Acoustic Edge Institute training materials as well the test are included in tuition cost.

Part 1: (37.5 Hours of Lecture/0 Hours of Lab) (5 Days/37.5 Hours) (IE 101, 102, 103 and 104)

Acoustics, Mobile Audio & Video Installations

(AC-101, MAI-101, MVI-101)

This course prepares you for a successful completion of the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) Basic Installer Test. The MECP certificate/license is required for employment with major retailers across the nation. With this course your foundation is established by providing you with the knowledge to excel in future courses, as well as when you are attending the many of the 12 volt manufacturers seminars that are offered to retailers. This course includes detailed information about how electronics work.  We will be studying Ohms Law and Kirchoff’s Voltage Law along with other electrical laws, and how these laws apply to the mobile electronics industry. We will also be covering electrical, audio, and security components used in the industry, and their usages.  Other subjects covered will be electrical and acoustic measurements and their applications, basic troubleshooting and analysis, installation techniques, tool safety, and operations, shop safety and introduction to auto sound. There will be a three-hour MECP test given in addition to the normal practice test to finalize your grade for this week. The MECP study guide, Acoustic Edge Institute training materials as well the test are included in tuition cost.

Part 2: (37.5 Hours of Lecture/0 Hours of Lab) (5 Days/37.5 Hours) (IE 101, 102, 103 and 104)

Mobile Security Installation

(MS-101, MS-102)

You will be spending a small part of this course in the class studying basic alarm wiring, relay theory, door lock interface devices and other components used in the mobile security industry.  The remainder of the time will be spent  in the install bay installing mobile security on various vehicles.  Students will have the opportunity to install a security system on their own vehicles at an additional equipment cost. Following, you will go a little deeper into mobile security and cover the convenient accessories portion of mobile security.  The course will cover  window modules, multiple relay circuits, engine immobilizer circuits, multiplex wiring, door pops, remote sunroof, motorizing a trunk lid and the other various types of sensors that are used today.  The tuition includes some of your lab materials and text books. IF you don’t have your own alarm or remote start alarm you can purchase that from us at an additional cost.

Part 3: (14 Hours of Lecture / 23.5 Hours of Lab) (5 Days/37.5 Hours) (MS 101 and MS 102)

Enclosure Design & Construction and Router Fabrication

(EDC 101, 102, 103 and RF 101)

In this program we will be covering the operation and safety of the various powered and non-powered tools used in the 12 volt industry. Knowing proper tool usage will help you better understand how the tools do the work, and not you. You will then learn measurements, angles, airspace calculation with just a calculator as well as computer aided software and proper construction techniques. We will go over all the “PROS” and “CONS” of sealed, ported, bandpass and all other types of enclosures. You will be designing and building a custom enclosure with all the proper techniques involved.  You will also learn how to finish your enclosure with a raised speaker grill, acrylic insert along with vinyl inlays and vinyl graphics. Carpeting techniques will be covered in this program as well. As you continue on becoming a custom fabricator, you will discover the many uses of a Router. First, you will become familiar with the router and the various bits used, then you will be working with them to complete another project. You will be using plexi glass (acrylic), vinyl, grill cloth and wood to complete your router project. You will build your own enclosure, surface mount panel and speaker grills. All this knowledge that you have been taught on will be taken with you on that successful interview. Included in tuition are all your shop project materials, and text books.

Part 4: (9 Hours of Lecture / 28.5 Hours of Lab) (5 Days/37.5 Hours) (EDC 101, 102, 103 and RF 101)

(FAB) – Custom Fabrication

This course will provide you with the training that is necessary to gain employment at custom fabrication stores/shops in your area. It will also help with the companies identified in level one as well. With this course you will gain the experience that is needed to begin your career as a custom fabricator for the mobile electronics industry.

Advanced Fabrication & Kick Panels

(KP-101, ADF-101, ADF-102)

In this program you will be provided training to give you the skills to become an advanced fabricator. You will be learning different tricks and ideas for the uses of kick panels and door panels, used to enhance the sound quality in vehicles. Kick panels are what many competitors and high fidelity audio users use today in their vehicles. We will be studying framing techniques, the method of building kick panels and door panels. The next 11 hours will be spent building your own kick panel using wood, fiber glass and body filler. After near completion you will either texture spray or paint this item. From here you will be learning basic welding techniques of MIG welding, motorization, lighting techniques and polishing plexi glass (acrylic). As you continue you will be studying advanced fiberglass fabrication and related composites such as Polyester Resin, Fiberglass mats, A-Vail™, Duraglass™, Bondo™, Weskore™, Fleece, Various Pigments, Gel Coats, Milled Fibers, Polyester Primers, MEKP and other materials. We will also be discussing paint and body techniques used in our industry. To complete the program, the class will be broken into several small teams. The team will then design and build a team project that would represent a removable fiberglass trunk tub utilizing the skill and techniques they have learned throughout our program. This is mostly a hands-on class with the student doing their own projects. Included in tuition are all your shop project materials and text books.

Part 1: (5 Hours of Lecture / 32.5 Hours of Lab / 37.5 Hours Total) (5 Days/37.5 Hours)

Masters Fabrication # 1 – Advanced Fiberglass Shaping

(MA-101)

This program consists of the coolest stuff that very few people in our working audio industry know about. We are talking about 2-part foam used in conjunction with polyester and epoxy resins. In this program you will learn how to use, control, and shape 2-part expanding foam. Next you will learn how to fiberglass and mold it into routed panels bringing your project to a semi finished form. Now, you will be instructed on many different materials to finish your project before you complete it with a killer paint job! This project is to teach you how to suspend a monitor or amplifier in mid air in your trunk or in the back of your SUV.

You will learn the fundamental uses of an “Inverted Pin Routers/Pin Wheel Router”. Here you will be instructed on the uses and advantages of “Inverted Pin Routers/Pin Wheel Router” with you again doing your own projects. You will construct a steering wheel using MDF, acrylic, and some finishing compounds. Then moving on to the uses and functions of two-sided transparent tape, “some very cool stuff”. Your project will be finished up using vinyl, suede or other exotic materials.

This program is primarily all hands-on with you keeping the master pieces you build. Included in the tuition are all project materials with one exception, if you desire to finish your project in an exotic material an additional material fee may be required.

Part 2: (8 Hours of Lecture / 29.5 Hours of Lab / 37.5 Hours Total) (5 Days / 37.5 Hours)

Master Fabrication # 2 – Advanced Enclosures Design

(MA-201)

In this program you will learn the newest and coolest methods of advanced framing. A properly framed enclosure always adds that additional performance that everybody asks for. This program not only allows you to see these advanced techniques but you will actually be using them yourselves. You will learn and build different bracing components. Your project components will be fabricated on an “Inverted Pin Router/Pin Wheel Router”, “Router Tables” as well as with a hand router and table saw. This program will test your patience but, it’s worth the work!

This program is primarily all hands-on with you keeping the projects you build. Included in the tuition are all project materials.

Part 3: (3 Hours of Lecture / 34.5 Hours of Lab / 37.5 Hours Total) (5 Days / 37.5 Hours)

Master Fabrication # 3 – Metal Design & Fabrication

(MA-301)

Metal working is new for our car audio industry. Fabricating trim rings and adding polished metal accents to the interior, enhances your custom fabricated sound system fixtures.

In the past we had to send it out to be fabricated and polished. Now, once you understand the proper techniques, it will give you a great leg up in our industry with added knowledge.

There are some wicked things that you can create with most of the softer metals such as aluminum and brass, using the same equipment that shops already own. By the end of this program you will not only have a great looking trim ring but have a whole new world of techniques and ideas on how to use metals in car audio.

This program is primarily all hands-on with you keeping the projects you build. Included in the tuition are all project materials.

Part 4: (7 Hours of Lecture / 30.5 Hours of Lab / 37.5 Hours Total) (5 Days / 37.5 Hours)

Custom Interior Program

This program is designed to be an exciting one month training program.  Instructing the “how to” of tricked out interiors as seen in custom automobiles today.  This program in majority is hands-on and no experience is required.  That is our job.  At the end of the program your knowledge will only be limited by your imagination.

Intro to Sewing

(CI-101)

In this course you will learn the basics of sewing, machine operations, tools, materials of the trade, terminology, panel location, a variety of seams and topstitch design techniques.

The first day will be covering machine operations, terminology, seam theory, tools and equipment.  As we continue the following day, measuring and templates for designing a seat pattern will be covered.  Next you spend a great portion of your time on the sewing machine, applying all that you have learned in the class and getting comfortable with the equipment.  The project that you will be making is a seat cushion that will finish this week out.

Part 1: (10 Hours of Lecture / 27.5 Hours of Lab / 37.5 Hours Total) (5 Days / 37.5 Hours)

Seat Design and Construction

(CI-102)

In this class you will learn how to tear down a seat, make a cover using the existing patterns, as well as making a cover when no pattern exists. We will also learn basic seat construction, and foam repair,restoration and reconstruction.

The first day is spent breaking down seats and making patterns, for sewing seat covers. Following, there will be a discussion, and then you will build a seat with foam and cover it with one of your own patterns. As you continue, you will learn about covering armrests and headrests as well. Your final project is designing and constructing a bucket or bench seat.

Part  2: (14 Hours of Lecture / 23.5 Hours of Lab / 37.5 Hours Total) (5 Days / 37.5 Hours)

Interior Design and Fabrication

(MS-101, MS-102)

This week you will learn how to design and fabricate custom hot rod door panels, custom carpeting, headliners, sun visors and floor mats. You will learn how to fabricate custom floor mats with binding. When learning about carpeting you will learn about jute padding and installation on various applications. You will learn how to put custom carpet in a vehicle, learn how to properly remove the interior and install padding. You will leave with two of the projects you build( Custom Hot Rod Door Panel and a Custom Floor Mat ). This is a very exciting week!

Part 3: (12 Hours of Lecture / 25.5 hours of Lab / 37.5 Total Hours) (5 Days / 37.5 Hours)

Advanced Custom Interiors

(CI-104)

In your final week you will be able to put all of your new skills to the test as well as learning some new techniques. You will learn how to construct and cover motorcycle seats and how to make custom steering wheel covers. You will learn how to work with exotic materials such as ostrich, leather, stingray and alligator. You will also learn how to write effective estimates for customers. In this course youget to take home the motorcycle seat and steering wheel that you cover. At the end of this you will be allowed additional time to finish and or customize the various projects you get to leave with.

Part 4: (10 Hours of Lecture / 27.5 Hours of Lab / 37.5 Total Hours) (5 Days / 37.5 Hours)

Call for pricing and prerequisites.
1-866-634-3343

“THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE IS TRUE AND CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.”
Damon Hill
President
“APPROVED AND REGULATED BY THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION, CAREER SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, AUSTIN, TEXAS.”

 

MACBO Program